Recalling the revolutionary brass bands of Europe and named in honor of the Tin Horn Rebellion, which took place in upstate New York during the 1839-1946 Anti-Renter movement, the Kingston-based collective “support[s] actions, marches, rallies, and events across the Hudson Valley.” Perhaps, like me, you're among the thousands of protestors at recent anti-Trump and pro-Affordable Care Act rallies in New Paltz, Kinderhook, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and other Hudson Valley cities who've been uplifted and inspired by their jubilant din.
“We are currently looking for opportunities to join your work, and are always looking for new band members—which includes banner holders, dancers, puppeteers, and flag wavers,” says the open-to-all band’s website. “As we step into this New Year and new regime, we ask you to dust off your clarinet, trombone or marching snare-drum, pull your high school marching band uniform from the attic, and once again sound the call for political action with us.”
Here’s a link to Tin Horn Uprising’s Facebook page, which has videos of the group in action at various gatherings:
As an acclaimed singer-songwriter both with the Bongos and as a solo artist, Barone is well aware of the roots of his craft, and he mines that well deeply on his newest album, Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s. As you might surmise, the self-released set is a collection of songs originally recorded in that musically glorious decade by songwriters contemporaneous with the Village scene. Among the artists covered by Barone for the album are Dion, Fred Neil, the Velvet Underground, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Tim Hardin, and, of course, Bob Dylan.
Richard Barone will perform with Peter Calo and Chris Brown at the Towne Crier in Beacon, New York, on February 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/.
Today being Valentine’s Day ’n’ all, if you and your significant other don’t already have any specific plans for the occasion—or even if you do—you should head on up to the Exchange House in Catskill tonight. Why? Because there a real sweet treat awaits: Lovable local Brian Dewan will be holding forth with a program he describes as “songs of love and unruly passions.”
The eccentric Dewan, who I had the pleasure of profiling for Chronogram way back in 2008, is one of our regional treasures. In addition to being the inventor of a growing raft of handmade analog synthesizers and other instruments, he’s a hugely entertaining singer-songwriter and musician (he plays accordion and electric zither) and a collector and performer of arcane songs from various eras.
Enjoy this 2012 rendition of his song “Sick Day”:
Brian Dewan will perform at the Exchange House at 354 Main Street, Catskill, New York, on February 14 at 7pm. For more information, call (646) 399-0983.
Indian Talking Machine focuses on impossibly rare 78rpm records of Indian music that Millis discovered himself during a year he spent in India as a Fulbright researcher. Sublime Frequencies, a West Coast label that is, arguably, today’s most vital chronicler of arcane ethnic music, is the perfect home for such a project—a 244-page hardbound book featuring “over 300 photographs [and] two CDs of music from shellac discs spanning the years 1903 to 1949 collected in India and compiled by the author; virtuoso instrumental recordings, jaw-dropping vocal renditions, folk music, comedy recordings, even animal impressions, none of which have ever been issued in digital form.”
Here’s a promo trailer for the book:
“Double Header: Sublime Frequencies’ Rob Millis + Rock!” will take place at Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, New York, on February 10 at 7pm. First, Millis will show video pertaining to Indian Talking Machine and discuss the book. Performances by PGsix, Millis, and Decimus will follow. Admission is $10. For more information, call (518) 671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com/.
I can’t say I really knew Jeremy, and I’d guess I’m far from alone in that way among the people on the scene he interacted with—Jeremy struck me as a famously difficult person to get to know, withdrawn to the point of being painful. A soft-spoken, textbook troubled soul, he communicated mainly through his music, which was captured on limited-edition, deep-D.I.Y. cassettes and CD-Rs under his own name and with acts like the Family Band and Voder Deth Squad.
A riveting winter 2009 solo performance he did at the Spotty Dog—a laptop, a bunch of effects pedals, a Marshall 4x12 cabinet—was key in sealing the deal for my moving to Hudson, where I would live for five years. What Jeremy was doing was simply not happening in Saugerties, where I had been living at the time. If radical stuff like this is going on here, I reasoned, then Hudson’s the place for me. “Hey man, I really dig what you do,” I told Jeremy that night.
I attempted to make conversation with him at subsequent points, as I felt more people should know about him and his music and I wanted to feature him in the magazine in some way. But he demurred, seeming to shy away from the very concept of attention. And yet, as a mutual friend pointed out, while there were indeed dark clouds around Jeremy, there was light there as well.
Here’s a 2010 piece by Jeremy. The word “dark” is in the title, and dark it is. But if you listen long and hard enough I think you’ll hear some light too.
Dee’s musical approach sometimes gets eclipsed by her eccentric image; she made her name in the late-1990s Lower East Side via sidewalk shows that saw her playing classical harp atop a high-rise tricycle. Enjoy the spectacle, but don’t be overly distracted—her stark, heartbreaking sound has soulful depth beyond belief.
Consider this 2011 rendition of “A Morning Holds a Star”:
Baby Dee will perform at Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, New York, on February 24 at 8pm. Admission is free. For more information, call (518) 512-0954 or visit https://rivertownlodge.com/.